Delhi Development Minister A.K. Walia informed the Delhi Assembly on Friday that so far out of an amount of Rs 2,980 that has been released to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation, Irrigation and Flood Control Department and Delhi Jal Board for undertaking development works in the unauthorised colonies, about Rs 2,768 crore has already been utilised.
Responding to a Private Members Resolution that was moved by BJP Chief Whip Sahab Singh Chauhan that ``unauthorised colonies be regularised without delay and all required basic amenities be provided in these colonies to provide relief to the 40 lakh inhabitants from sub-standard life’’, Dr. Walia said the resolution moved was not maintainable as a lot of works have been undertaken in these colonies.
The Minister said the Urban Development Department has been closely monitoring progress of regularisation and basic civic amenities such as sewerage, water supply, electricity, street lighting, roads and drains have already been provided in several colonies.
Recalling how Union Urban Development Ministry had issued guidelines on October 5, 2007 for regularisation of colonies in response to which applications were submitted by RWAs till April 30, 2008 for consideration of regularisation of 1,639 colonies, the Minister said thereafter in 2008 Provisional Regularisation Certificates were distributed to 1,218 eligible unauthorised colonies and a time period of 12 months from the date of their issue was prescribed to complete the formalities by different agencies before formal regularisation. Then this period of 12 months was further extended by Delhi Lieutenant Governor and the deadline for completion of formalities by the agencies was extended by a year to October 3, 2010.
Stating that the verification process is taking long because of complexities and quantum of work, Dr. Walia said MCD has so far certified built-up percentage in respect of 1,600 unauthorised colonies and has also organised camps for scrutiny of layout plans.
As for the DDA, he said, it has certified that 51 unauthorised colonies are located on Regional Parks and layout plans in respect of other 115 colonies are deficient. Therefore fresh layout plans will be required from the RWAs. Thus, he said, of the 1639 colonies, reports have been received for 1,473 colonies.
Dr. Walia said the Archaeology Survey of India has also informed that 62 unauthorised colonies or part of colonies violate the provisions of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
He said GGSIP University has completed demarcation of boundaries in respect of 1,580 unauthorized colonies and the completion of boundaries of 59 colonies is awaited.
The Forest Department has confirmed that 1,416 colonies are not violating forest land. But the report in respect of 223 colonies is still awaited.
Stating that a list of 700 unauthorized colonies where the agencies like DDA, ASI, MCD and Forest Department have confirmed their ``no objection’’ has been forwarded to MCD for finalisation and approval of layout plans, the Minister said the Corporation is scrutinising these plans.
``Certain deficiencies have been observed by the MCD and these were communicated to the RWAs for rectification in the layout plan of the unauthorised colonies. Till date no approved layout plans have been received from MCD,’’ he said.
Informing that the Survey of India has been associated for preparation of layout plans as per the satellite images and aerial photographs, Dr. Walia said the Delhi Government has also worked out the development charges.
He said an allocation of Rs.2,800 crore has been kept for the various developmental works in unauthorised colonies during the 11th Five Year Plan.
As for the development activities completed there, the Minister said construction of roads and drains has been taken up in 1033 colonies, water has been supplied to 726 colonies, sewerage facilities has been provided in 98 colonies and street-lighting has been completed in 1174 colonies.